Hello Crafters! As you can see the BTD Blog got away from me (again). Has it really been three months since I last posted?! So much has occurred and I have even that much more to share. I’ve discovered and explored new planners (which I will share soon); rearranged my craft room (for the 100th time!); handled family affairs and just took some time to breath.
While reviewing pictures to plan the next posting, I came across this easy DIY initial door hanger craft I created for my daughters’ bedroom door. With Spring finally here, it’s the perfect craft to share to kick start the new posting schedule. So, let’s just jump right in and take a look at this easy mod podge and hot glue gun craft!
What really inspired this craft was the beautiful shabby chic cabbage rose scrapbook paper. I absolutely fell in love with it when I saw it and it paired perfectly with my daughters redecorated shabby chic bedroom theme.
The one thing I regret while gathering the supplies for this craft was not tracking the costs. For example, the pink board was on clearance at Michaels Stores and it’s actually a chalk board. I don’t remember the exact cost but I’m positive it was less than $5. In fact, most of the supplies I picked up were either on sale, clearance or I had a coupon for it.
Step 1: The letter was already a wall hanging, but, it was a neon green color. So, the first thing I did was remove the ribbon and spray paint the letter white. That green color just didn’t fit my vision so I simply pulled out my trusty can of spray paint and transformed it! Below is a general list of supplies I used for this craft:
- Chalk board
- Initial letter
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod podge
- Hot glue gun
- Additional embellishments of your choosing
Step 2: The next step was to get my lovely pink roses scrapbook paper onto the letter with mod podge. There are two methods to mod podge wood letters:
- Set the 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper right over the letter that has a wet coating of mod podge already on it. Then you will cut around the letter using a craft knife. -or-
- Start by tracing the letter onto scrapbook paper, first. If you plan to trace onto the back of your paper remember to reverse your letter! If you don’t do this step you will have to start all over because when you flip the paper it won’t be lined up.
My preference is to turn both the letter and paper over and trace. I like this method best for a few reasons. It leaves any pencil marks on the backside of the paper (the side that will be mod podged to the letter) and I like the cleaner, more accurate, cut of the outline with scissors.Mod Podge Tip: If you plan to trace the letter onto the back of your paper remember to reverse your letter! Click To Tweet
Next, using a sponge brush or soft paint brush, paint onto the front of the letter a thin coating of mod podge; place your paper onto the letter and line up the edges; wait until dry; put a final coating of mod podge over the papered letter; let dry completely. I love how the brush I used created these streaks! To me it seems to add to the feel of the shabby chic look I was going for.
Mod podge has come a long way over the years -there are so many options now! From glossy, matte, glow in the dark to glitter and more. Just be sure to read the instructions for the type of mod podge you get before using it on your project.
Even I make crafting errors. As you can from the big white arrow, I over traced this corner a little. No worry! A little trim using a craft knife and you’ll never know! Once all my pieces were ready, I realized I didn’t like the white edge of the letter against the pink board.
So, I just pulled out my Apple Barrel acrylic paint colors, found the closest match to the pink board and painted all the exposed edges of the letter (before gluing it to the board).
Step 3 and 4: The final assembly of this initial door hanger included gluing the letter to the board; creating a draping white ribbon that was also glued to the board and then embellishing with a pink flower.
Step 5: Hang! This adorable door hanger could be used on a bedroom or even on the wall. It’s super easy to create and very versatile!
I really, really loved how this Shabby Chic Cabbage Rose Initial Door Hanger craft turned out! Best part is…my daughter loved it too!